June 22-24, 2018, Yerevan (Armenia)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Armenian Research Center for the Humanities (ARCH), in collaboration with the American University of Armenia, Yerevan State University, Haigazian University of Beirut, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Collaboration for Democracy NGO, and Khnko Aper National Children’s Library, is organizing an international conference entitled “Armenia 2018: Reality and Perspectives,” to take place on June 22-24, 2018 in Yerevan. The Conference is sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Since independence, Armenia, along with other post-Soviet states, has been viewed through the lens of “country in transition”. The term denoted a transition from Soviet social-economic structure to market economy and western type democracy. Although the usefulness of this methodological paradigm has been questioned by several western scholars in the early 2000s, it remains in use in the West till now. The transition paradigm is utilized by Armenian scholars when they communicate with external institutions (International Organizations and Western academics). Within Armenia, the traditional “nationalist” conceptualization remains the most popular. However, it is becoming more and more apparent that neither “transitional” nor “nationalist” discourses aren’t adequate to describe the social-economic realities of Armenia in a proper way.
The conference aspires to move towards the development of a new rational, scholarly discourse that will make possible the development of a critical alternative to the “quasi-patriotic” and “quasi-Western” ways of speaking and will enable rational analyses of the socio-economic and cultural realities of the Republic of Armenia.
We invite the participation of scholars and researchers involved or interested in studying the following topics:
The organizing committee is open also to other proposals related to the topics listed above.
Scholars or researchers wishing to participate in the conference should submit their proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should be no more than 500 words, and must include:
The working languages of the Conference are Armenian, English and Russian.
Proposals for conference papers will be accepted until January 20, 2018. Selection will be completed by January 30, 2018. Full or partial compensation for the travel and accommodation expenses is available to foreign participants if they present reasons for such compensation.
If you have any questions please contact us by the same address: email@example.com